As Huawei continues to be deprived of access to Google Mobile Services (GMS), the Chinese telecommunications and smartphone brand has had no choice but to push forward with its own Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and its own AppGallery. Now it seems that the company is currently working on its own dedicated search app, known aptly as Huawei Search.
News about the development of Huawei Search were first reported by XDA, who pointed out that Huawei had been recruiting users from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Inorder to test out the Huawei Search app. While the foundation of the app is clearly Android, there are obviously some major, if not stark differences between the two search apps.
Where Google’s search engine is integrated with Google Assistant, Google Lens, and Google Podcast to name a few, Huawei Search is said to be considerably more rudimentary than that. At best, it simply functions as a basic search app, allowing users to search the internet for specific webpages, images, or news articles. Again, like Google, it shows users the current weather in a location of your choosing, although it should be noted that meteorological sources are pulled straight from Huafeng-AccuWeather. A joint venture between AccuWeather and the China Meteorological Administration.
Of course, there’s the bigger and more pressing question about the Huawei Search app: which search engine it pulls its data from. Unfortunately, the good people at XDA were unable to match any of the data it searched for with data from other prominent search engines, including Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Yandex to name a few.
At the time of writing, there’s still indication as to when Huawei intends to make its Search app available, neither is there any indication that the app itself will be available outside of the HMS ecosystem.